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Re: Overpriced Car Parts & repairs

My last service came at 1050 CHF or so.
On a 14 year old VW Lupo probably worth zero.
I think I have to tell them to stop putting the "Tuneap" fuel add-on into the tank.
And they replaced the rear wiper. I told them to do that "if needed". But I'm pretty sure it wasn't needed. It was used maybe a handful of times - and half of that was in error.
I also told them to call me if anything "out of the ordinary" needs repair.

But it's really my fault. I have no idea if a certain thing needs fixing, much less know how to fix them myself (including replacing wipers).
I also never check oil (too messy) or any other liquid except fuel and the only occasion I actually open the hood is when the car is at MFK.
And I have no ambition to change that.

I really dread the day when I have a new car actually worth something with dozens of subsystems that can go wrong and need repair....
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Old 04.06.2015, 09:28
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Re: Overpriced Car Parts & repairs

Update on be brake caliper piston wind back tool:
Ordered Monday morning saying it would be with them on Thursday. Tuesday got a call saying it had arrived.
Picked it up this morning.
Wurth: "How much did I say it was?"
Me: "236chf"
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Wurth: "OK, 224chf"
Me: "Thank you!"

Excellent service from them - and I rather liked the random pricing, reminded me of motor-factors in the UK.
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Re: Overpriced Car Parts & repairs

Maybe the offer was based on the item shipped individually (order placed after daily cutoff), but you were lucky and it was made part of bigger package. That would also explain the early arrival.
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Maybe the offer was based on the item shipped individually (order placed after daily cutoff), but you were lucky and it was made part of bigger package. That would also explain the early arrival.
The order was placed at 0640 on Monday - 10mins after they opened. How early is their daily cutoff?????
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Re: Overpriced Car Parts & repairs

Brakes are 1 of the biggest money earners for a garage. . I had an mfk coming and had a brake check. Rh handbrake was low.. ok please adjust it... oh no we have to order new shoes pads and discs that's 1500chf please. . Err no. Please explain why I need pads when the shoes are doing the braking? Err umm oh .. because.

I flicked the adjuster a few turns on the offending side and no problem . Total time about 40 mins on a sunny afternoon.
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Brakes are 1 of the biggest money earners for a garage. . I had an mfk coming and had a brake check. Rh handbrake was low.. ok please adjust it... oh no we have to order new shoes pads and discs that's 1500chf please. . Err no. Please explain why I need pads when the shoes are doing the braking? Err umm oh .. because.

I flicked the adjuster a few turns on the offending side and no problem . Total time about 40 mins on a sunny afternoon.
I am buying a car at the moment and requested it with a fresh MFK and service - which the dealer agreed to. I got an email yesterday that it needed new brakes and the parts were ordered. I called today and in deed the car is now on new rear discs and pads - the parts cost 2,400chf!!

You might think "Switzerlanded" - but the UK quoted price is 1500gbp for the discs.
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Old 25.06.2015, 17:36
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I am buying a car at the moment and requested it with a fresh MFK and service - which the dealer agreed to. I got an email yesterday that it needed new brakes and the parts were ordered. I called today and in deed the car is now on new rear discs and pads - the parts cost 2,400chf!!

You might think "Switzerlanded" - but the UK quoted price is 1500gbp for the discs.
What are you getting?
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Old 25.06.2015, 17:41
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Re: Overpriced Car Parts & repairs

I had to have one, therefore two, new disc on the rear of my VW recently.

Something had caused the left one to wear the pads down to the metal and damaged the disc, whereas the other three sets were fine. Anyway, two discs & pads, fitting and adjusting handbrake was about 800Eu. from a non-VW garage in our village in France.

Annoying, but not unreasonable, as they are much bigger on my R36 than the standard Passat and needed specially ordering from VW (no pattern parts available for that model, apparently). And the front pads were judged to still be OK for a while yet despite being the original fitments, now having done ~120k km. I'd have happily accepted it if they'd said they needed changing too, but it's now a garage I'll go back to.
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Old 25.06.2015, 17:51
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Re: Overpriced Car Parts & repairs

120k on original pads
If it is left rear that is exactly the pad on my Passat that wore down quickly too - luckily I picked up the metal rattle before all the material was gone.

I trashed a set of discs on Z4 at a trackday when the pad material was used up - scarily the wear-sensor hadn't come on!!

As for the ones I ordered they appear to be pretty much bespoke discs too - 370mm at the back

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I had to have one, therefore two, new disc on the rear of my VW recently.
Something had caused the left one to wear the pads down to the metal and damaged the disc, whereas the other three sets were fine.
Could it be a case where the abrasive pad detached from its metal holder? That could manifest itself by having to "pump" the brake pedal a few times when it happened to fill in the cylinder of the failed brake. Happened to me one - the pad was manufactured by Delphi Automotive.
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Old 25.06.2015, 18:24
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I am buying a car at the moment and requested it with a fresh MFK and service - which the dealer agreed to. I got an email yesterday that it needed new brakes and the parts were ordered. I called today and in deed the car is now on new rear discs and pads - the parts cost 2,400chf!!

You might think "Switzerlanded" - but the UK quoted price is 1500gbp for the discs.
These guys are cheap; http://www.findapart.co.uk
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Old 25.06.2015, 18:27
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Could it be a case where the abrasive pad detached from its metal holder? That could manifest itself by having to "pump" the brake pedal a few times when it happened to fill in the cylinder of the failed brake. Happened to me one - the pad was manufactured by Delphi Automotive.
No. First sign was horrible noise and on quick inspection could see that the one outer pad was worn down much more than those on the other wheels. Still intact, just badly worn. And the noise was disk damage occurring, which was already visible, so too late at that point.
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These guys are cheap; http://www.findapart.co.uk
Second-hand brake disks? No thank you.
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Second-hand brake disks? No thank you.
Quite easy to distinguish good discs from a shot discs. Obviously if you are not that experienced with car maintenance I would suggest a second opinion from a mechanic. With insurance as it is today with newish cars that have had an accident being 'wrote off' on most occasions for minimum amount of damage you can get most spare parts that are virtually brand new. Of course like anything personal preference and circumstances dictate.
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Depends, my local guy gets them at a good cost, and charges CHF 80/hr, so I let him do my cars and Jap bikes (I do the Italians).

His hours are commensurate with what I would guestimate (I used to fix cars for a living while a student), so I'm cool with that.

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you supplied the parts & he provides the Labor or he supplies all?
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Sometimes I supply the parts, usually he does.

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Re: Overpriced Car Parts & repairs

Reviving this thread...

So my 2008 E90 is due for the brake service soon. The warning message is saying 1100km left, I think it's front brakes I can't remember.

Is it really the case that BMW will charge me around 2k for parts and labour?

I'm tempted to do it myself (in case I don't win the Swiss Lotto on Wednesday!) but will probably need all the tools etc as I don't even have a jack or wrench to take the wheels off as I have run-flats on.

Anyone had any experience with E90s recently? I need info on where to order the parts etc and possibly if there is a local garage who would do it for an ok to swallow price... The guy who fitted my new winter tires a couple of months back recommended I get a quote from BMW then use that to buy the parts online and bring it to him to fit for around CHF200.-

FMF, any tips?
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Anyone had any experience with E90s recently? I need info on where to order the parts etc and possibly if there is a local garage who would do it for an ok to swallow price... The guy who fitted my new winter tires a couple of months back recommended I get a quote from BMW then use that to buy the parts online and bring it to him to fit for around CHF200.-

FMF, any tips?
Looking for original parts? Leebmann24.de
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Reviving this thread...

So my 2008 E90 is due for the brake service soon. The warning message is saying 1100km left, I think it's front brakes I can't remember.

Is it really the case that BMW will charge me around 2k for parts and labour?

I'm tempted to do it myself (in case I don't win the Swiss Lotto on Wednesday!) but will probably need all the tools etc as I don't even have a jack or wrench to take the wheels off as I have run-flats on.

Anyone had any experience with E90s recently? I need info on where to order the parts etc and possibly if there is a local garage who would do it for an ok to swallow price... The guy who fitted my new winter tires a couple of months back recommended I get a quote from BMW then use that to buy the parts online and bring it to him to fit for around CHF200.-

FMF, any tips?
The trade in the UK generally go to www.eurocarparts.com They will deliver to CH. You can choose manufacture O.E. (original equipment manufacture). Made by the original supplier but not in a BMW box. I generally got the service parts for my Porsche here.

The prices are way lower than you will find in Germany. If your in the UK most branches stock almost everything most of the time & will deliver in 24 hours.
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Looking for original parts? Leebmann24.de
Doesn't look like they have all parts on that website, just shows the BMW Performance parts but not regular ones. Anyway the prices are BMW prices more or less. Thanks for the link amyway.

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The trade in the UK generally go to www.eurocarparts.com They will deliver to CH. You can choose manufacture O.E. (original equipment manufacture). Made by the original supplier but not in a BMW box. I generally got the service parts for my Porsche here.

The prices are way lower than you will find in Germany. If your in the UK most branches stock almost everything most of the time & will deliver in 24 hours.
Prices look very interesting indeed! How do I specify OEM? It didn't give me that option... I am on my mobile... Will try later from the laptop.

From the looks of it doesnt look very complicated... Buy pads, disks and clip then take it to my local guy to get them replaced!

Am I missing something? Sensor cable doesnt need replacing right? What about the brake service message will that need to be reset too?

Will speak to BMW tomorrow to see what the potential damage would be...
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